Orange Currant Bread

This yeasted bread is lightly spiced and not too sweet.

Orange Currant Bread

Ingredients

For the Bread

  • 1 c. half and half, scalded
  • 3 tbs. maple syrup
  • 2 1/4 tsp. (1 package) instant yeast
  • 1 tbs. orange zest
  • 1/4 c. orange juice
  • 1/4 c. salted butter, melted
  • 1 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp.ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp. ground tumeric
  • 3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. dried currants
  • 1/2 c. slivered, blanched almonds

For the Egg Wash

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbs. half and half
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup
  • pinch of kosher salt
Orange Currant Bread

Stir together the half and half, maple syrup, and yeast. Let sit for ten minutes, or until frothy. Whisk together the egg, orange zest, orange juice, and butter. Add to the yeast mixture and stir to combine.

Add the salt, cinnamon, cardamom, tumeric, and flour. Mix to form dough. Add the currants and almonds. Knead the dough until a smooth, elastic dough forms, about 8-10 minutes.

Cover the dough with greased plastic wrap and let rise for 45-50 minutes.

Orange Currant Bread Dough

Gently punch down the dough, then place into a greased loaf pan. (I used a Rehr├╝cken pan.) Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise another 45-50 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk together the egg yolk, half and half, maple syrup, and salt. Brush the dough with the egg wash. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.

Orange Currant Bread

Cinnamon Pecan Cookies

These soft little cookies have a hint of maple syrup.

Cinnamon Pecan Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. salted butter, browned
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c. dark maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 c. bread flour
  • 3/4 c. pecans, chopped

Yields Approximately 2 Dozen Cookies

In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue cooking the butter, stirring frequently. The butter will start to foam and smell nutty. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Scrape the bowl, then add the eggs and mix to combine. Add the vanilla.

In a bowl, sift together the salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and flour. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in two additions, scraping the bowl after each addition. Add the pecans and mix until just combined.

Place dough onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets using tablespoon -sized scoops of dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned.